Our Program in a Nutshell:
- Daily Classes of Contemporary Dance, Ballet, Yoga, Pilates, Voguing, Kids Classes, Meditation, Acrobatics and more.
- ‘Weekend Intensives’ with professionals offering workshops in dance techniques, composition, contact, somatic practices, improvisation, acro-yoga, and transdisciplinary frames in which the body encounters other media.
- ‘Friday night live!’, a platform for work-in-process showings of performance
- ‘Talk-Talk’, a night for artist talks, lectures on different subjects, panels, readings, etc.
- Weekly contact improvisation Jam
- ‘Foreplay’, a cross disciplinary performance series that provides the encounter of a choreographer and a chef, that culminates on a performative dinner.
- ‘Artist in Focus’, a program where choreography meets curatorial practices in which we invite the artist to program Agora MOVE for one month in relation to her artistic research.
- A three month residency program to offer a sustainable process of creation for Berlin artists.
- Offering rehearsal / production space for rent.
With Agora MOVE we would like to create content that will respond to the interest of the following communities; the professional and independent scene of dance practitioners of Berlin; the freelancers, co-workers, members of Agora and beyond, as well as the families and expats of Neukölln.
Our motivations for the project are:
- To offer a space in which new choreographic practices and approaches to the body can be supported and developed
- Empowering the community through a space that is run by artists for artists
- Sustainable formats that support Berlin based artists - continuity being the key word
- A house as a place of reference for newly arrived dancers in Berlin
- Develop a bridge between the various communities of Neukölln and Berlin
- Berlin needs more space, more resources for the development and expansion of dance and performance in the city
- Any daily routine can benefit from body based practices
- The independent local scene of berlin needs support from within, responding truly to the desires of the artists.
- Painting the space
- Building a separation wall, that enables MOVE to have 2 studios
- Building a sprung wooden floor
- Buying the dance floor (Marley)
- Buying a sound system for classes and rehearsals
- Setting-up of a changing room for participants
- Buying teaching materials, (yoga mats, pilates props, meditation cushions, blankets, etc)
Marcela Donato (1984, Rio de Janeiro, lives and works in Berlin) is a cultural producer and artist with a background in choreography and performance art. Since 2011, Marcela co-directs Agora Collective, a multidisciplinary project space that explores collaborative methodologies for artistic and sustainable practices, where she is also a core member of its in-house art collective. In Agora Marcela developed the programs Affect, Building a Collective and Foreplay between others. Marcela has presented work in important institutions in South America and Europe such Sesc Rio, Sophiensaele and Hebbel-am-Ufer.
Sheena McGrandles (1984) from Northern Ireland, graduated with a BA in Dance Theatre from the Laban Center, London (2007). She completed her MA in Solo/Dance/Authorship at HZT Berlin and from 2012-2013 she was a choreographer in residence at K3 Hamburg, creating the choreographic work true balls. Over the past year she has been collaborating with Zinzi Buchanan on a series of works as Steve&Sam, MAN POWER MIX (Tanztage,Sophiensale), New Materialism (Flutgraben Berlin) and man must eat, (Agora Berlin). Since October 2013 Sheena is artistic research associate on the BA “Dance, Context, Choreography” at HZT.